Rich Campbell



Rich Campbell has twice been awarded fellowships by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

CHORAL: "These Walls Must Fall" is finalist of 2022 ACDA Pearl Prize. "Border" is the winner of  the 2020 Chorosynthesis competition. "In Those Years, No One Slept" is a winner of the 2018 Uncommon Music Festival award for composition. "We Will Shine Like The Sun" received an award from the Hong Kong Children's Choir. "Heaven," is the winner of composition awards from The Manhattan Choral Ensemble and Georgia College. It was premiered in New York City on February 27, 2016. "The Wind," commissioned by the Organization of American Kodály Educators, for the National Children's Choir, was premiered on March 12, 2016. "Celebrate A New Day," had its world premiere, by the Australian Boys Choir, as part of their gala 75th anniversary in 2014. "All The Whiskey In Heaven" winner of award from Harrisburg Gay Men's Chorus. "If I Can Sing, I Still Am Free," had its world premiere by SACRA/PROFANA and the Summer Choral Intensive Choir in 2014 in San Diego. "If Ever There Is," sung by the Director's Chorus, premiered at the 2014 Southern ACDA Conference, Francisco Núñez conductor. It had been selected by Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence for the 2013 Essentially Choral sessions in Minneapolis. "Coney Island" earned awards for choral composition from both The Manhattan Choral Ensemble (world premiere, 2011, at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music) and Octarium of Kansas City (midwest premiere in 2012, at the Community Christian Church). "Apple Pie" was the winner of the 2014 Wasatch Chorale Ars Nova Emerging Composers Competition. "Winter Stars" was performed in 2012 by the MIT Women's Chorale in Cambridge, Massachussetts. "Shelled" and "I Know That" earned awards and were selected for performance in 2012 at Center City Opera Theatre's "Art Songs For The 21st Century." Performance at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia.

CHAMBER: "Picnic" is 2nd place winner of 2022 New Voices for Young Flutists competition. The brass quintet Brass Initiative has recorded "Variations On A Groove." "American Riffs," for brass quintet, was a winner of a competition & premiered at Indiana State University's Contemporary Music Festival. "Come On In," for brass quintet, was a winner of a competition sponsored by the Washington Composers Forum.

As a songwriter, Rich has co-written songs on an album by The Triplets which was nominated for a Grammy. With Cadillac Moon, he co-wrote most of their two CD's, including the song "Show Me Your Tattoo," played in the film "Devil's Advocate." New Age pianist Christopher Peacock has included Rich's piece "Home Again" on the CD's "Destinations" and "Elements: Earth". Rich is a member of the New Dramatists Composer/Lyricist Studio. He collaborated with performance artist Erin Markey on her solo musical, Puppy Love, a Stripper's Tail. This show has been produced at Manhattan's Dixon Place, Hudson Guild Theatre, The Green Room Theatre, and PS 122 (soloNOVA Arts Festival).

Rich is an alumnus of the Crane School of Music, SUNY @ Potsdam, where he studied composition with Robert Washburn and piano with James Ball. Rich is a past winner of the Abe Ohlman Award from The Songwriter's Hall of Fame for Excellence in Songwriting.

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A Clear Midnight (SATB w/piano accompaniment)(text by poet Walt Whitman)

A tranquil, calm, introspective and moving setting. 

Apple Pie (SATB w/piano accompaniment)(text by playwright Susan Vitucci)

A fun, upbeat, humorous tale of two friends searching for their favorite dessert.

*Winner of the Wasatch Chorale Ars Nova Composition Competition.

Border (SATB a cappella)
     A response to the global immigration crisis; text from various sources.

Coney Island (SATB a cappella) (text by poet Sarah Teasdale)

Often described as "haunting." A winter setting of searching reflection.

*Winner of Manhattan Choral Ensemble & Octarium Composition Competitions

Heaven (SATB a cappella)  (text by poet Patrick Phillips) 

An ethereal contemplation of the eternal, straddling a sacred & secular theme.

*Winner of Manhattan Choral Ensemble & Georgia College Composition Competitions.



Entrance (SATB w/piano accompaniment) (text by poet Dana Gioia)

Inspiring, uptempo, jazz-influenced secular.

ideal for accomplished high school choirs as well as university and community ensembles. 

If Ever There Is (SATB a cappella) (text by poet Robert Creeley)

A powerful, fervent wish for peace.

*Winner of VocalEssence Essentially Choral Composition Competition.


If I Can Sing, I Still Am Free (SATB w/piano accompaniment) (text by poet Sarah Teasdale)

An upbeat, driving, defiant message of perseverance when facing adversity.

?a propulsive union that carries the listener forward to a rousing climax of human affirmation.?

*Winner of SACRA/PROFANA Choral Composition Competition


In Those Years, No One Slept (SATB a cappella)(text by Claudia Serea)

A harrowing scene from a time of conflict/war; text by a Romanian-American immigrant.

In Those Years, No One Slept (SSAA a cappella)(text by Claudia Serea)

A harrowing scene from a time of conflict/war; text by a Romanian-American immigrant.


THE SMALLEST SONG (SATB a cappella) (text by poet Martha Collins)

An intimate, personal, almost melancholy piece.


THE SMALLEST SONG PREMIERE from Rich Campbell on Vimeo



These Walls Must Fall (SATB w/piano accompaniment)(text: various sources)

Celebrate Women's Suffrage, voting rights and civil rights with this uptempo call for 

social justice.


And Still The Stars Shine (SATB w/piano accompaniment)(text by Rich Campbell)

A mid-tempo, contemporary take on the Christmas Eve story.




All The Whiskey In Heaven (TTBB a cappella) (Text by poet Charles Bernstein))

  A love song. Really




Celebrate A New Day (SSA 3-part treble)(text by Rich Campbell)

An uptempo, strong, exciting, joyous celebration. Great program opener or closer.

*Winner of Australian Boys Choir 75th Anniversary Composition Competition


Winter Stars (SSA a cappella)(text by poet Sarah Teasdale)

A solemn, subtle meditation that gives way to optimism in the final stanza





The Wind (SA Children's Chorus w/piano accompaniment)(text by poet Robert Louis Stevenson)

*Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize Commission, Organization of American Kodaly Educators 


The Wind from Rich Campbell on Vimeo.


We Will Shine Like The Sun (SA Children's Chorus w/piano accompaniment)

     Winner of the Hong Kong Children's Chorus Composition Competition.


We Are The Future (Unison Children?s Chorus) (text by poet Bonita Mohney)

A pop-sounding, fun, easy to sing piece with an inspiring text.